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Posted on: June 6, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Video Available from Metra Extension Feasibility Study Virtual Meeting

Matt Orenchuk of Sam Schwartz Consulting talks with community members about the study's findings.

A recording is available from a virtual community meeting held on the DeKalb Metra Extension Feasibility Study.

The virtual meeting was one of two community meetings on the study. Around 60 people attended an in-person open house at the DeKalb Public Library on May 23. Community members were able to view the study’s findings on extending Metra service from Elburn to DeKalb, and City staff and members of Sam Schwartz Consulting, which produced the study, took questions and heard feedback. Another 40 people joined the virtual community meeting on May 25.

The City and Northern Illinois University partnered to create the study, which analyzed potential ridership and service levels, operating and capital expenses and possible funding sources. A working team representing the City, NIU and the consulting firm met every two weeks to collect and review data. Meetings have been held with representatives from Metra and Union Pacific, and community input has been gathered through surveys, informational booths and the community meetings held last month. 

More information on the feasibility study and the recording of the virtual meeting's presentation on the study's key findings can be found here.

Photo: Matt Orenchuk of Sam Schwartz Consulting talks with community members about the findings of the Metra Extension Feasibility Study during an in-person open house at the DeKalb Public Library on May 23.

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